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    Default Your quickest and easiest dinners?

    What do you cook when you a) don't have much time to cook? b) are too tired to cook? c) are too lazy to cook?

    I need some ideas!
    Now that I'm working more (getting up at 5am on those days), I get really tired by dinner time. Most days I'm ok to cook, but some days I just can't be stuffed! My easiest meal that I can think of would probably be tuna mornay, but even that is too much effort some days.
    I also will be needing some more super quick dinner ideas, seeing as school is almost back and after school activities are going to start. I'm thinking 15 minutes max for cooking time on some days.

    I've been tending to give up thinking of what to cook and just go and get takeaway. But I can't really afford to be doing that so much.

    Help?

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    It's probably not that healthy but....lol
    Nachos.

    Just sprinkle cc or Doritos on a plate.
    Salsa sauce
    Grate some cheese
    Microwave
    Then sprinkle any salad you have ie carrot diced tomato or cucumber etc etc
    Put sour cream on the top.

    Tea is done!

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    Toasted sandwiches

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    My stand-bys are either bacon and eggs, or 'fasta pasta'. I boil up a bit of spaghetti, and while that's cooking I roughly chop a tomato and half a punnet of button mushrooms. Drain pasta once done and set aside, then use the same pot to quickly fry the tomato pieces, mushrooms and a cup of tomato pasta sauce until hot. Throw the pasta back in, swoosh it around in the sauce and serve with grated cheese on top

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    Default Your quickest and easiest dinners?

    If you can chop all the veggies and meat the night before a stir fry is a really quick healthy meal, mine takes literally 7 mins with prawns or fish, meat may take a few minutes longer - either eat with rice noodles ( heated in boiling water for 2 mins) or put rice cooker on as soon as you get home ( mine takes 15 mins) plus it's a 1 pan meal!

    Or steamed veggies and grilled /pan fried salmon or fish also only takes 15 mins max , especially if veggies are cut that morning

    Omelettes - either individual ones in mini fry pans or a bigger one in a big fry pan - just eggs, chopped herbs and tomato or mushrooms or whatever veggies you have mixed in a bowl and cooked in a few minutes

    I made a massive salmon noodle salad last night that does 2 nights meals and it only took 15 mins ( grilled salmon took 5 mins) and I chopped raw veggies ( snow peas, carrots, coriander) used rice noodles in boiling water, made a dressing from Olive oil, sweet chilli sauce and lime juice and tossed all together in 1 bowl

    Pita pizzas -pre heat oven to max for 7 mins , meanwhile get pita bread, use tin crushed tomato as sauce, add whatever toppings u have ( olives, mushrooms, basil, feta, spinach etc ) and mozzarella and cook in hot oven for 7 mins (m
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    Scrambled egg on toast.
    Frozen veggies and fishfingers

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    Usually toasted sandwiches. I have also recently been getting out a platter and just filling it with random bits. The kids love it! Tonight we had boiled eggs (I boiled up a batch yesterday), cheese cubes, meatballs out of the freezer, chopped up carrot and cucumber, and bite sized pieces of a wrap with avocado. Took me less than 10 mins.

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    Stifry

    - bag of pre cut stirfry veggies from the supermarket
    - packet of chicken or beef pre-cut stirfry strips
    - packet of stirfry sauce
    - packet of noodles

    toss the chicken into a wok
    soak the noodles in boiling water for ~5 minutes
    add the sauce, noodles and veggies to the wok
    stir until chicken fully cooked

    dinner in 10 minutes.

    my fave!!!

    Other suggestions would be a roast chook from the supermarket + salad

    The "packet pastas" and rice-a-riso style dishes also make great sides to have with a roast chook or a piece of fish or steak or something.

    Oven-baked fish with salad and chips. Overall cooking time is a bit longer than 15 minutes, but all you have to do is just put the frozen fish and chips on a tray and whack it in the oven. Once that's done you're free to quickly do other things whilst its cooking.

    The latina pasta's and sauces are also freaking delicious and only take 5-10 minutes to cook.

    If you get a chance, I would take some extra time to have a good look through your local supermarket and see what products (like frozen veggies, fish etc and packet pastas and side dishes) they have available that you can get to make an easy dinner.

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    Do you have much freezer space? I tend to cook double of things like spag Bol, curries etc so when we have a big day I can heat up the sauce then just cook pasta/rice. Massively takes the pressure off to know we have a few simple meals and as soon as one is used I just try replace it.

    I also usually have oven fish etc, frozen veg, potato gems in the freezer. Not overly healthy, but neither is takeaway.

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    If you have freezer room
    Dump bags for slow cooker (30 second anything between breakfast and lunch). It does involved prep work before freezing but you can heaps if meals in 30 mins. Just cut you veg and meet add sauce and freeze.
    Pre cooked meals in the freezer.

    If I am out
    I grab a chook and have salad.
    Sometimes I shred it and have it on wraps or burgers or even turbid into a chicken spaghetti. Just chuck some pasta on drain and throw together with some sauce and the cook chook. Any left over cooked chock can turned in to pie or even lazier turnover/parcels with a bit veg.

    Eggs done any way

    2 mins noodle with lots of frozen veg and bit egg or shredded chook.

    Fish done anyway is quick.

    Salad and steamed veg.

    Tacos

    One my favourite is spaghetti done in the slow cooker. Put the meat and sauce on whenever and 30 mins before serving chuck in pasta and walk away. Or put pasta in the microwave.


 

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